A vacancy on the City Council could lead to a June election to fill the spot.
The opening on the dais was left after former Councilman Ed Scott elected to run for mayor but lost to Deborah Robertson when the two squared off in November to fill the mayoral post vacated by Grace Vargas, and his council term expired.
The four-member council can leave the vacant spot open, appoint a new member, or call for an election to fill the seat.
The city will hold an election in March for voters to decide whether to extend the utility-users tax.
City Clerk Barbara McGee said the deadline to set an election for a council member at the same time has already passed, so if the election is called, it will take place in June.
Cost estimates for the election are being put together now, and McGee said she expects to have information after the new year.
Scott could decide to run again.
But if a new council member joins the dais, the makeup of the council will look drastically different than it has in recent times.
Vargas served for 12 years, and Scott has been a mainstay in Rialto politics since first winning election to the council in 1996.
Although he left the council in 2000 for an unsuccessful run against then-Supervisor Jerry Eaves, Scott returned in 2004.
Councilman Shawn O'Connell was elected in November.
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